April 4-14, 2019

Synopsis

More than 50,000 local interpreters helped protect U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, enabling soldiers to communicate with the local population. But those who took the job were often considered traitors and many now face danger in their countries. This is the story of how they are rebuilding their lives, told through the stories of three men. The first, a chain-smoking Iraqi codenamed “Phillip Morris,” who served alongside Paul Braun, a lieutenant in the Minnesota National Guard who became his best friend. Malik, an Afghan who is still working as an active interpreter at a US base in Kabul.  And, lastly, Mujtaba who fled with his family as refugees to Turkey. The stories of these three interpreters weave together over the course of two years, following them as they struggle for safety in the aftermath of war.

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